13th April 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Van Tonder consistent in Lusaka
Daniel van Tonder played himself into the weekend of the Zanaco Masters despite the tougher conditions due to the wind and the high rough, as he a carded a level-par second round at Lusaka Golf Club, on Friday.
“The conditions are getting tougher and the wind was blowing a lot than yesterday,” said the 2014 Investec Royal Swazi Open winner. “I think the rough played quite hard, but when you tee off early, the wind is going to a factor in the morning because it is cold and the wind is quite high. So, some holes were almost a full club length difference, but other than that it was not too bad out there.”
He is happy though that he managed to maneuver around the tree-lined layout, despite the double-bogey he made on the 17th hole.
“It wasn’t too bad. In the beginning, I had myself in a few silly positions, that was quite silly. That was where the drops came from. Other than that, the birdies are out there to make. I think I made four or five today (actually six). They are doable. Just don’t miss again in the wrong places,”
He admitted though that trying not to make mistakes in such conditions can prove difficult. “It is hard because you have to deal with the wind and the trees. There are a lot of trees here. The previous years, you could have hit it in the rough and some places and you would be fine. But this year if you are in the rough, you are quite dead,”
The Durban Country Club player was happy with his game today. “I am happy about everything. I am hitting everything consistently. I am driving the ball well, on the greens, and I am chipping and putting quite well. I haven’t been in this place for a while. Every time I played I came from behind, I want to change that a bit this season. So, I want them to chase me,”
Van Tonder finished third last year in the tournament which was then known as Zambia Sugar Open, three shots behind the winner Oliver Bekker.